Southeast Michigan Exploration Before Winter Arrives
I drag my feet and enjoy the last bit of fall in Southeast Michigan as we headfirst into the winter season. No, I’m not by myself. Winter arrives early and lasts for a long time for those of us who live in the northern states. And we head out and catch as much of the warmth as we can while the sun is shining. And this list would be perfect for those who are looking for something to do and retain social distance, to help you create inspiration for what to do on those increasingly short sunny days we have left for the year.
For Outdoor Lovers
Surprisingly, there are already plenty of things to do. And sure that the state and municipal parks are looked after. You should take advantage of lots of pathways and trails, such as those in Stoney Creek Metropark, Kensington Park, and Rochester Municipal Park. My favourite is the Paint Creek Trail, the oldest non-motorized rail-trail in Michigan, and you can ride, cycle, or walk from Rochester City to Lake Orion for 8.9 miles. Until they all collapse to the ground on the Paint Creek Trail, I can still spot the few pieces of colour left on the leaves. Just to hear the feet crunch the crushed limestone and then sometimes hear water running nearby is very calming. When you want to stop traffic and admire the peacefulness of nature, this trail is the best place to go.
For Connoisseurs Of Wine
In Southeast Michigan, there are several wineries where you can engage in tastings. Vine 2 Wine Custom Winery in Northville, St. Julian Winery in Troy, Village Winery in Romeo, and Fieldstone Winery & Hard Cider in Rochester are a couple of the nearby wineries you can try. To figure out whether they are supermarket only or have tastings available during this time frame, you may have to consult with these establishments on their website. If you happen to stop by Fieldstone Winery & Hard Cider, you will also admire the Major Bright Lights Show in downtown Rochester during the holidays. You can notice huge crowds on the streets admiring the lights on the weekends, however, and not everyone is wearing a mask.
For Motorcycles Fans
Make sure the Dequindre Cutworks out. Another previous rail line repurposed as an urban green space and trail is this two-mile elevated route. It is situated just west of St. Aubin Street on the east side of Detroit, Michigan, beginning at Gratiot Avenue and continuing to Mack Avenue. You will still see individuals enjoying this path on the weekends. If you live in Detroit, this is not only a perfect spot to cycle, but you can also find some beautiful street art along the road.
For Street Art Enthusiasts
Exploring Detroit on a bright day will take you on a beautiful art trip that you wouldn’t predict. A great place to begin is around the region of the Eastern Sector. One of the top five Mural Festivals in the World is held every spring in Detroit!. The street art created at the “Murals in the Market” festival can be enjoyed all year long. And before the winter snowfalls, this is an outstanding social distancing activity. In and around Detroit, there are more than 150 public art murals.
For Unique Art Enthusiasts
Taking an afternoon trip out to the Heidelberg Project if you’re looking for something extraordinary. This two-block art show from the outside looks like a massive pile of garbage, but you can see the genius behind the development of Tyree Guyton when you look closer. His mission in his neighbourhood was to convert burned-out and vacant houses. This initiative has evolved since 1986, and now you can see cycle tours stopping by and several vehicles parked in his area from individuals visiting the art displays all over. When you’re in Detroit, the Heidelberg Project is a must-see stop as the use of dolls, toys, shoes, and other types of medium produce eye-popping and bizarre artworks that you have to see for yourself.